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Selby eyeing 2014 Youth Olympic Games


MORE medals and more records.

That’s what five-time CARIFTA Games gold medalist, Christian Selby, is hoping for in the coming year.

Speaking to the Barbados Advocate after his Purple House team was victorious at the annual Queen’s College Inter-House Swimming Championships, Selby, who was the Boys’ 15 and Over champion, said his main focus in the coming months was to lower his times across all disciplines.

With the Powerade Inter-School Swimming Championships just around the corner – prelims begin on November 1 with the finals set for November 17 – Selby wanted to “peak” at the right time.

“My next assignment is the Inter-School Swim-ming Championships,” the 13-year-old Third Form student said.

“I will then compete at the National Short-Course Championships, a competition that I expect to break many records at. I’m not at my peak as yet but I still feel good. By the time the Inter-School Championships roll around in November, I should be totally ready.”

Looking to the future, Selby said he hoped to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China – an event that Lee-Ann Rose, a fellow national swimmer, attended this year in Singapore. He believes the international exposure would stand him in good stead.

“With the Australians, Hungarians and Chinese at the Youth Olympics, the competition will be much more difficult than at the meets we have here in the Caribbean. I just want to keep getting better and better and the Youth Olympics are the perfect place.”

On the regional front, the rapidly improving swimmer said he was looking forward to next year’s CARIFTA swimming championships in Barbados.

At the 2010 CARIFTA championships in Jamaica, Selby proved to be a breakthrough swimmer, winning five gold medals and two silver.

He won the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and the 400m Individual Medley. He shattered three national records and one CARIFTA meet record during the competition. (AH)

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